On Sept. 24, 2014 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a fraud alert affecting all international financial institutions complying with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). In an effort to receive highly-sensitive information of account holder’s identity and financial information, scam artists are posing as the IRS across the globe.


It is important to remember that the IRS does not require financial institutions to provide specific account holder information via the phone, fax or email.


Any suspicious emails that contain attachments or links in the message should not be opened, and the email should be forwarded to phishing@irs.gov. For more information regarding this scam please visit the IRS’s website or contact Doeren Mayhew’s Financial Institutions Group specialists in Michigan, Houston or Ft. Lauderdale.